Hackamore VS. the Bit

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Hackamore VS. the Bit

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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer?
Hackamore 3 18.75%
Bit 13 81.25%
Voters: 16. You may not vote on this poll

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    04-13-2008, 01:57 AM
Green Broke
Hackamore VS. the Bit

Which do you prefer?? I'm not sure if there is a benefit in using one over the other. What is your insight, and what do you prefer?
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    04-13-2008, 07:52 PM
I personally perfer the bit over the hackamore. I've used both (not on Sonny though) and I find the horse responds better to a bit than a hackamore...at least the ones I've rode with both do.
I haven't tried it on Sonny, but I don't really intend to. I use a snaffle on him and he is a dream in that....so I don't plan on switching anytime soon.
    04-13-2008, 08:45 PM
Personally I like riding in a bit when I'm using a bridle, as it allows me to feel the pressure on the tongue and I can really get a feel of what I'm doing. I have nothing against hackamores though!
All in all, I love riding bareback with a halter...
    04-13-2008, 08:49 PM
I use bits because we jump and show. We always start beginner riders in hackamores though. It keeps them from unintentionally pulling on the horses mouth.
    04-14-2008, 07:38 AM
Well ill have to say hackamore...but because im a bitless rider...but I own both hackamore and crossover ( crossover being the main preference).

But yea hackamores arnt for every horse. I used a english hackamore on my TB and found him way to sensative to it, but put it on my other horse and he went perfectly in it....so yea. But I still back hackamores up ( minus mechanical ones )
    04-14-2008, 10:03 AM
I broke mine with hackamore, but later switched to bit since they learn to turn and all. I'm not sure I can show in hackamore in local shows.
    04-14-2008, 12:10 PM
Bit. I've never used a hackamore, though. ;)
There's better contact with a bit in my opinion, which I like. I agree, the horse also responds better, & with jumping & all.
    04-14-2008, 07:38 PM
Green Broke
Ok so breaking a horse that learns REALLY fast? Which do you think would be better? My guy is pretty sensitive in the rope halter, and has tried a bit and does fine too.
    04-14-2008, 08:55 PM
Originally Posted by free_sprtd
Ok so breaking a horse that learns REALLY fast? Which do you think would be better? My guy is pretty sensitive in the rope halter, and has tried a bit and does fine too.
Honestly, sounds like a matter of personal opinion. Some people would argue that a hackamore saves a horse's mouth, but then again getting them used to the bit (and working on it) is also advantageous.
Sorry I didn't help!!
    04-14-2008, 09:02 PM
Green Broke
Hahhaha it's ok! Lol ill prob just end up getting both and seeing which one he likes/responds to better.

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